MARK Molesley insists Southend United have ‘nothing to hide’ following the postponement of their League Two clash with Cambridge United.

The U’s expressed their frustration to the EFL and in a press release after Blues opted to call off Saturday’s match at Roots Hall.

But Molesley stressed there was no way the Shrimpers could have fielded enough players for the match to go ahead and is not alarmed the EFL are investigating the situation.

“They investigate every game that’s called off but we definitely didn’t want to have to call the game off,” said Molesley.

“We’ve got doctor’s notes and surgeon’s notes.

“We’ve got long term injuries and the positive Covid tests too.

“We’ve got nothing to hide and we desperately wanted the game on but unfortunately our numbers dipped below a level you could safely put the game on.”

And Molesley still remains disappointed the game was not played on the back of his side’s first win of the season against Walsall last time out.

“It was really frustrating as we finally felt the tide had turned a little bit,” said Molesley.

“We had a win and a clean sheet and we were looking forward to building on that.

“Unfortunately, Covid coupled together with some other injuries that had come up meant we couldn’t field a team.

“It was really frustrating but we’ve now managed to test some of our scholars so we can fulfil the fixture on Tuesday. “

Blues host Forest Green Rovers at Roots Hall tomorrow night.

And Molesley will be able to pick players to have on the bench.

“Harry Kyprianou has come back from his loan spell, some of the scholars can come in and another player has finished his own spell of self isolation too,” said Molesley.

“That’s opened things up for the sub’s bench because we wouldn’t have been able to have anyone on the bench on Saturday.”

Blues will still be without Ashley Nathaniel-George, Kaziah Sterling and Emile Acquah due to Covid restrictions tomorrow night while Harry Lennon misses out with a knee problem.

And that means Molesley will still be short of options.

“We’re drastically short but that seems to have been our luck since we’ve been here,” said Molesley.

“It seems to be one step forward and two steps back at times with trying to get our most experienced players onto the pitch at the same time.

“We haven’t quite been able to do that yet but in hardship comes a lot of opportunity and we can’t get down about it.

“It’s a big game against a good side but we do still have some very good players available.”